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Somerton Middle School teacher charged with aggravated assault on a minor

Mark Nee Odartey Mills
Yuma County Detention Center
Mark Nee Odartey Mills

A former Somerton Middle School teacher has been charged with aggravated assault on a minor.

Somerton School District #11 officials reported that the district was made aware of an incident involving a teacher on campus Tuesday afternoon. The teacher, who was not identified by the district, was immediately placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

Yuma County Detention Center records show Mark Nee Odartey Mills, 51, was booked on Tuesday evening. Mills is charged with aggravated assault on a minor.

In a released statement, Somerton school district officials said "we value the safety of our staff and students and took proper measures, allowing the proper authorities to conduct their investigation."

District officials said Somerton Police officers transported the teacher to the detention center.

No further details on the incident were released.

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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